Parking Causing Student Frustration

BY TIM NOONAN // OCT. 3, 2016 //

There has been much frustration on the Curry campus regarding parking policies. Although restrictions on where students can park are necessary, are they correctly enforced by Public Safety?

Depending on what color sticker they have, students are allowed to park in lots with the same color. Student drivers, who pay the $250 annual fee, are issued one of six different colored parking stickers that all carry different parking privileges with them.

According to the Curry College Parking policy, Students who have completed two full semesters may have a vehicle on campus. However, students accommodations based on disability and/or medical needs can contact Disability Services. The policy continues that “Curry’s parking policy reflects our commitment to wanting first-year students to become truly engaged in and contribute to the academic and community life of the College. We believe that vehicles represent an unhelpful distraction for first-year students.”

Although it may seem like a lot of options, there are a number of restrictions. When parking in lots that allow any permit, such as the Athletic Field or Mayflower lots, students cannot park before 6:30 p.m. or on weekends and holidays. Because most students need to park during the daytime, this is not realisticparking

“I find it if I don’t park 15 minutes early, then it’s hard to park, long walks make you want to drive to park for time but you can’t without getting a ticket,” said senior Nursing major Denise Flores.

Some lots, such as the Levin Library, have severe limitations regarding your sticker color and time limit on how long you can park there.

Students who live on North side of are prohibited from parking in the Student Center lot, and those who can park there are limited to only 3 hours of parking at a time.

Barak Swartz, a junior Communication major expressed his frustration openly, “I think it’s stupid that as a north campus resident, I can’t park in the student center lot until 6:30.” He continued his rant by saying “A $250 pass for the year is bologna.”

Rules regarding parking are necessary, but the question is how fair are these policies? Some students disagree with the rules and desire change.

Senior Criminal Justice major Emilee Purdy when asked if the situation is fair answered, “Not at all! It’s unfair they restrict where we are allowed to park.”

Students can only hope school officials will look into the problems and try to accommodate student’s wishes regarding the parking policies on campus.

Parking Fines Have Students Fuming

BY ANDREW PENACHO // DEC. 18, 2014 //

Students are rarely pleased with the parking situation at Curry College. Specifically, they routinely complain about a perceived lack of parking spots, as well as rules that restrict where on campus they can park.

However, it’s the high cost of parking tickets that has students most fuming.

“The parking tickets at Curry are too high,” said Patrick England, a sophomore management major. “I paid a lot to park my car here. There is no reason why I can’t park where I want.”

PHOTO BY AARON VAN DORN // CREATIVE COMMONS
PHOTO BY AARON VAN DORN // CREATIVE COMMONS

A parking pass at Curry costs traditional undergrads $250 per academic year. Traditional day commuters pay $125, while evening commuters pay only $50. Each student pass has certain location restrictions, which are typically based on where the student lives on campus. Failure to park in the correct lot can lead to parking tickets that range from a low of $50 to as much as $200. If necessary, vehicles may also be towed at the owner’s expense.

Curry’s Public Safety department doles out the tickets.

Brian Greeley, chief of Public Safety, said there are approximately 1,500 parking spots on campus. About the same number of people have parking passes, and first-year traditional residential students are not even allowed to keep a car on campus.

Bottom line: “There is no room for premier parking,” said Greeley, who noted “at least 6 to 8 people come to the Public Safety building a day to complain about a ticket they just received.”

As for the cost of tickets, Greeley said the basic $50 parking fine mirrors the penalty in area towns. But that’s not entirely true.

According to the Boston Police Department, the penalty for parking in permit-required areas of Hyde Park, Mattapan and Dorchester is $25. And Kathleen O’ Donnell, senior administrative parking clerk for the town of Milton, gasped when hearing fine amounts at Curry. The penalty for illegally parking in a residential area of Milton—which is akin to improperly parking in a restricted lot at Curry—is only $15.

Greeley declined to say how much money Curry has generated through ticketing students this semester, or previous semesters, as well as the number of tickets handed out by Public Safety. He did say the money generated through tickets go to the college’s “general fund,” meaning it’s not earmarked for a specific purpose.

Curry does have a ticket appeal process, and first-time offenses are routinely voided. You have seven business days to appeal a ticket, by going on Curry College’s website and filling out an online form.

If a student does not appeal the ticket within seven business days, the fine will be charged to his school account.